Tuesday, 28 October 2014

We're Only Here For The Banter - Aquafaux

This week for 'We're Only Here For The Banter' I caught up with Lois from Edinburgh based trio Aquafaux.  It's true that in the wake of CHVRCHES success; and indeed many more acts across the UK; that synths and '80's pop influences are in vogue, however from listening to the bands debut EP Spellbound  there's a feel that Aquafaux are not bandwagon jumpers.  Check out our chat to find out more.

Hello!  How the devil are you?

Hey Neil, we're great!  Thanks for playing our track See The Rain  on your radio show recently.

You're welcome!  It's the question everyone hates, but could illuminate our readers with a little bit about your music and your influences?

Well, basically Aquafaux are an electro synthpop band based in Edinburgh.  Memberwise we have Lois who sings, Sam who plays synth/guitar and Greg who plays bass/synth.  I suppose you could say we create electronic music that you can dance to.  We're really close friends, but have really different tastes in music.  I think that's what makes our music sound quite unique because we're influenced by different sounds.  To name a few of our influences I would probably say; Kavinsky, Vitalic, Com Truise, The Postal Service and Rilo Kiley.

What's your song-writing / creative process like?

We are all involved.  Some of the songs initially start of as acoustic songs, which we then develop further by adding electric drums, and synths.  Regarding song writing and lyrics, the inspirations are quite generic.  See The Rain  is of course about the Scottish weather.  I mean what Scottish band hasn't written a song about the weather.  It rains so much in Scotland, it's hard not to write anything that doesn't involve your love life or the weather!

What could we expect to see from a live show?

Synthesisers, and electric drums that light up!  The boys in the band are totally obsessed with them.  We're real friendly, down to earth people, so I'm sure you would feel obliged to dance at our gigs.  Seriously who wouldn't want to dance to electronic beats and watch synthesisers glow in the dark?  We actually have a gig in Edinburgh, in December, so keep a look out on our Facebook page, as we will be confirming dates very soon.

Tell us about your latest EP Spellbound

Spellbound  is our first four track EP.  We actually recorded the tracks in my living room and Sam did all the technical bits like mixing, producing and mastering.  We worked pretty hard, and took ages to do.  We are all super happy with the outcome.  We feel that each song has its own sound, and shows a good variety of our bands style.  The EP will be available to buy online from Bandcamp very soon!

What else have you got planned for the rest of 2014?

Well we are currently working on more tracks and hope to do a few more gigs around Scotland.  You never know what will happen in the future, we may release a full album.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Ah!  There is too many bands to name, but anything that sounds good like The Postal Service, Tiga, Factory Floor and Bright Eyes.  We're also all very excited to go and see Future Islands in November at the O2 ABC in Glasgow.  I totally love the singers dance moves, he is awesome!

Thanks for speaking with us, would you care to share a joke with us?

There are two muffins in an oven.  One muffin turns to the other muffin and says, "Boy, it's hot in here".

The other muffin says, "OH MY GOD A TALKING MUFFIN!"

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